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Sand sculpture comes to life at Blissfield River Raisin Festival

Posted on July 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

As children, many people have memories of building sand castles at the beach. It took just the right amount of sand mixed with a little water packed firmly in a pail to produce a basic sand sculpture. Roger Powell of Findlay, Ohio, has taken the concept to a much grander scale with intricate artistry and design. This week he will bring his amazing sand art to the River Raisin Festival. Approximately 80 tons of sand is being delivered to Ellis Park in the area of the bridge close to U.S. 223 where Powell will spend the better part of the next three days creating a larger-than-life sand sculpture depicting the festival’s “Magical History Tour: 30 Festive Years” as well as highlighting some of the icons and images that are specifically Blissfield. Powell is known for his creations that draw tens … Read More »

Blissfield police chief plans to retire

Posted on July 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

After 11 years at the helm of the Blissfield Village Police Department, Chief Jane Kelley will hang up her gun belt and badge at the end of the year. The announcement was made at the July 8 Blissfield Village council meeting.

Kelley said she announced her retirement early so that the village could take begin the process of hiring a new police chief. Her intentions are to retire Dec. 31.

For the complete story, please pick up a copy of The Advance, July 10, 2013, edition. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.


Registration deadline nears for Aug. 6 vote

Posted on July 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Michigan residents have until July 8 to register in order to vote in 
the Aug. 6 election. Nearly all residents in Blissfield, Riga, Ogden, 
Palmyra townships as well as those living in the the villages of 
Deerfield and Blissfield will have at least one issue on the ballot.

Residents of the Blissfield School District will be voting on a new 
1.25 mill sinking fund millage for a period of 10 years, 2013-2022.

Lenawee County is also developing a district library system and will 
ask voters not already considered part of a library system for a 10-
year 6-mill levy. This millage will be on the ballot in Palmyra, 
Ogden and Deerfield townships and Deerfield Village. According to 
ballot language it would raise $968,400 in the first year to run the 
library. Currently the library is funded by the county general fund. 
The Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library has contractual agreements with 
townships for … Read More »

Festival Kids’ Corner offers lots of free fun – including Toledo Zoo animals

Posted on July 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

The Kids’ Corner sponsored by Blissfield State Bank is offering up a  flurry of free fun during the 30th annual River Raisin Festival next  Thursday through Saturday. The Kids’ Corner is located near the  bridge in Bachmayer Park.

Kids’ Corner organizers Elizabeth Comiskey, Kelly Seidl and Shelley  Smith have worked to bring in several new activities for kids, as  well as the return of many of the festival favorites since taking  over the area five years ago.

Seidl said the Kids’ Corner will feature 17 different performers and  vendors this year, which is the most ever offered, and events begin  Thursday since the Sunday of festival has been eliminated. Seidl said  the focus of the Kids’ Corner is affordable fun for the whole family.

“Our biggest thing is to be eventful for the kids, reasonable and  have fun while they’re there,” … Read More »

No millage hike in Blissfield for 2013

Posted on July 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Millage rates for the village will stay the same in 2013. Blissfield village council set the millage rates for after the 2013 Truth-in- Taxation hearing at their June 24 meeting. The millage rates are determined by data received from the Lenawee County Equalization Department.

The total tax approved tax rate is 14.2215 mills. The figure includes 9.7072 mills for general operating millage and 4.5143 mills in the street millage.

For other Blissfield Village Council news, please see the July 3, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.

Bateson overall winner of Lenawee Hospice Run; Weeden top female runner

Posted on June 26th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Nearly 200 runners of all ages took part in the 31st annual Lenawee Hospice Run in memory of Bruce Jones Sunday morning. The heat was seemed pretty bearable with the 8:30 a.m. start.

Blissfield’s Justin Bateson was the overall winner with a time of 16:58.98.

Josephine Weeden was the first-place winner for the women crossing the finish line in 20:06.62.

Men’s Results – Name, Age, Time Overall Winner – Justin Bateson, 21, 16:58.98 14 and under – John Fowler, 13, 22:23.74 15-19 – Isaac Westgate, 16, 19:39.89 20-24 – Justin Bateson 25-29 – Tyler Makula, 28, 45:34.80 30-34 – Chris Kircher, 30, 21:30.48 35-39 – David Caine, 39, 17:39.79 40-44 – Tom Romanowski, 43, 19:31.94 45-49 – Sam Valdez, 47, 19:33.29 50-54 – Michael Palmer, 50, 21:16.43 55-59 – Macron Cole, 55, 22:29.70 60-64 – Ron Carpenter, 63, 22:04.50 65-69 – … Read More »

Blissfield Manufacturing adds 73 jobs in Michigan

Posted on June 26th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Blissfield Manufacturing will add 73 more jobs over the next three years at its primary facility in the village of Blissfield. The growth gives way to a possibility of adding $1.5 million in new equipment. To help with the expansion, the company qualified for state and local business incentives.

But company officials say the expansion is bitter-sweet. The additional jobs come as both part of planned growth and as a result of a company decision to close Jay Products in Portland, Ind. Production from that plant is currently being transferred to Blissfield.

“As a family-owned business, we sincerely regret having to close our facility in Portland, Ind. Decisions such as this are not made lightly; we value the people who have worked at Jay Products and have given so much,” Blissfield Manufacturing chief executive officer and president Pat Farver said.

Farver … Read More »

Fireworks displays abound in area

Posted on June 26th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

There are ample opportunities to celebrate the Fourth of July n the area. Below is a listing of fireworks and other activities in the area and nearby communities.

Friday, June 28

• Bedford Township Fireworks at dusk. Bedford Community Stadium 8285 Jackman Rd., Temperance.,

• Toledo Country Club Fireworks at dusk, 3949 River Rd., Toledo

Saturday, June 29 •

Swanton Independence Day Fireworks at dusk, Swanton High School football field, 601 N. Main St.

Wednesday, July 3

• New Life Church Freedom Fest 6023 Summerfield Road, Petersburg, at dusk,

• 9:45 p.m. Monroe County Independence Day Fireworks over Lake Erie at Sterling State Park, 2800 State Park Rd., Monroe.

• Sylvania Star-Spangled Celebration at Centennial Terrace at dusk, 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania,

• Perrysburg Star Spangled Banner Fireworks Fort Meigs State Memorial Park, 29100 West River Road, Perrysburg, 10 p.m.

• Hillsdale All-American Celebration at dusk, Hillsdale County Fairgrounds

• Maumee Spectacular Fireworks … Read More »

Long-time Blissfield coach, teacher Denny Thompson retires

Posted on June 18th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

Simply the best. That’s the reoccurring response from coworkers, coaches and former students and players of recently retired Blissfield educator Denny Thompson.

“Denny is one heck of a coach and an even better person. He’s the best, that’s as simply as I can put it,” said former Blissfield head football coach Ron Estes.

Thompson’s career in the purple and gold has been a decorated one, from his years wearing the Royal uniform, to his years teaching and coaching those who carried on the Royal pride.

A 1969 graduate of Blissfield High School, Thompson was no stranger when it came to the football gridiron, the baseball diamond or the basketball hardwood. He garnered captain’s honors, all-state and all-league awards and the respect of his teammates and coaches. Thompson’s Royal career is such a decorated one, he has earned himself a place in … Read More »

School, village officials hash out issues on potential new facility

Posted on June 18th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

Members of the Blissfield board of education and village council met for a special meeting June 11 to discuss the research on a new facility for Blissfield schools and the community. Both board members and council members focused on the staffing of the facility, hours it would feasibly be open to the community and how to approach the community regarding the funding for a potential new facility.

“Before we move forward with this we need to see how our taxpayers feel about an increase,” Blissfield superintendent Scott Moellenberndt said.

Village president Mike Gunter voiced his support for the facility, but also voiced concern over who would staff the building and how many hours it would be open to the community.

“I think this facility could be a great idea, but we need to do some more research and figure out how … Read More »